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¡No Se Deje!
Federal law and the laws of all of the states prohibit discrimination in transactions dealing with the rental, sale, financing or appraisal of housing. Federal and California laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability or family status. California law provides even more protection against discrimination than federal law in many situations. For example, California law prohibits landlords from asking prospective tenants about their immigration status. And California prohibits discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation or arbitrary categories that have nothing to do with being able to be a good tenant. Examples of illegal arbitrary categories include union members, members of certain religions or political parties or occupations such as bartenders.
Discriminatory acts include refusing to rent, lease or sell real property for housing. This includes apartments, condominiums and mobile homes. It is illegal to refuse to negotiate in these transactions based on discrimination against these protected groups. And, it is illegal to say that housing is not available if it is. Housing discrimination experts have reported several situations that indicate that illegal discrimination is probably taking place, including the following:
In those cases where judges have allowed occupancy limits, legal experts have established that the limits are reasonable and necessary to avoid serious and provable harm.
Under California law, tenants have a right to operate a Family Day Care Home as long as they take out a license. This right cannot be denied even if city or county ordinances prohibit it or if the rental agreement forbids it. Always contact the Fair Housing Council or an attorney if you believe you are the victim of illegal discrimination. ¡NO SE DEJE! ®
¡NO SE DEJE! ®
JESS J. ARAUJO, ESQ.